The 2018 Clemson Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Clemson Recruiting Class Overview
You got Trevor Lawrence.
There might have been some tough misses along the way, but overall, the Tigers got the guy.
Besides a franchise quarterback, they were able to land a future No. 1 target in Derion Kendrick along with a great back in Lyn-J Dixon out of Georgia to take the heat off.
Lawrence and Kendrick were elite-level gets for Dabo Swinney, but it’s possible that 6-6, 305-pound Jackson Carman might turn out to be the best pro prospect for the offense. The Ohio native has the right offensive tackle size, and he can move. Somehow, Dabo got his future anchor away from Ohio State.
As always, there are several solid talents for the defensive side, with Mike Jones a terrific linebacker get out of Florida, and Josh Belk a 325-pound rock for the interior, but …
The Clemson Class Is Heavy On …
Oh, that’s just great. Clemson is reloading on the defensive line with more NFL talent. It’s not like the team needs anything else for the front wall with everyone of note returning to what will be the best starting D line in college football. But the Tigers are getting reinforcements.
6-5, 220-pound K.J. Henry is a speedster who’ll be fine even after adding a few pounds, and 6-3, 265-pound Xavier Thomas got offers from every great program, but the Florida native got away from Alabama, the Gators and Florida State.
The Star of the Clemson Class Is …
QB Trevor Lawrence, 6-5, 200
There might be a whole lot of other future pros in this class, but it’s Lawrence who was at the phenomenal get for the program. He doesn’t have the biggest gun, but he has unteachable accuracy and nice feet.
Forget about him as a runner – he’s not going to do much in college to take off – but he might just be the program’s best pure passer under Dabo.
And he’s got terrific hair – think Sunshine from Remember the Titans.
The Clemson Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
It’s nitpicking for a loaded team with everything in place. There are a few parts of the secondary missing now, and not having LB Dorian O’Daniel hurts, but the Tigers are mostly going to need a few young receivers to step up and do more around Hunter Renfro.
Deon Cain is gone early to the NFL after leading the team with six touchdown catches and 734 yards, and Ray-Ray McCloud is done early, too, after finishing third on the team in catches and cranking it up as a punt returner.